After watching the Giants push the Tigers into a corner with a Game 3 victory in Detroit, I started thinking back to the things that I would remember about the 2012 season, my first as a blogger.
One of the stories that stuck out is the story of Jeremy Guthrie and Woody Roseland.
In case you forgot about it/weren't aware, Guthrie was looking to squeeze in some throwing on an off-day at Coors field, and sent out a message on Twitter to find a workout partner. He ended up connecting with Woody Roseland, a fan with a glove who was already close to downtown.
After working his way around security, Guthrie was surprised to see that his workout buddy was a cancer patient who had just gotten back from the doctor's office. He was bald and had no eyebrows or eyelashes, and had a prosthetic leg. Despite his obvious physical challenges, he was very upbeat, positive, and very excited to be there. They spent the day having a catch, doing some hitting practice and studying tape for the next day's game. They've become great friends, Guthrie's been quoted as saying, "I went out to make a fan's day, and instead, he made mine."
(note: for a much better version of this story, written by one of my favorite authors, click here.)
Things haven't worked out perfectly for either since their first meeting. Guthrie went 3-9 with a 6.35 ERA in Colorado before being traded to Kansas City for another pitcher having a disappointing season, Jonathan Sanchez (although arriving in KC seemed to be a needed change of scenery, as we went 5-3 with a 3.16 ERA in 14 starts). Guthrie, a free agent this offseason, has expressed interest in remaining with the Royals for the 2013 season, but the Royals haven't made an offer to him as of yet. Roseland is undergoing treatment again, and will be having surgery in a month or so.
But both remain optimistic. And both provided a story that was a nice reprieve from all of the negative things that are so often associated with professional athletes.
Can't say that I'm in love with the photography of this card, but I did love this year's Heritage set, and I've become a fan of Jeremy Guthrie. I know the Padres are looking for starting pitching this offseason, maybe he'll make it to the west coast.
To order a free copy of one of Mr. Guthrie's favorite books, click here. Have a great Sunday!